Memorial Day: how the U.S. military marks the day abroad
Memorial Day is all about hometown parades and barbecues, but how do troops stationed overseas observe the holiday?
The holidays are a time to remember those who have fallen in the service of the United States Army, and no one feels this loss more keenly than the families of these soldiers and enlisted men and women serving in hot spots around the world. .
In recent years, troops deployed in Afghanistan have held their own ceremonies, honoring comrades lost throughout the decades-long campaign. At Bagram Airfield, Afghan, American and NATO servicemen gathered.
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With the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, it may prove difficult to continue to observe these traditions, but a much older tradition will continue instead.
In Europe, American troops kept traditions in Belgium as early as 1923 when the Paris Remembrance Day Committee changed its name to the American Remembrance Day Association (AOMDA).
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Since then, troops have gathered in cemeteries that house the remains of American soldiers who fell during WWI and WWII: the Ardennes, the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Flanders Field. The latter was the site of battles during the First World War.
This year, due to the pandemic, in-person ceremonies will be replaced by online tributes, with some members still performing the ceremony on-site while others virtually join at memorialdayonline.com.
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US military cemeteries in France, Belgium and the Netherlands began reopening in May, but local governments will close them to the public on Memorial Day “out of caution.”
Instead, U.S. military planes will conduct overflights during ceremonies in Europe, which will be broadcast online by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
Overflights will take place in Germany, England and France on Sunday and Monday in those countries, Stars & Stripes reported.
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Ceremonies in France will also include pre-recorded remarks and blessings to ensure they take place even as coronavirus restrictions are tightened.